Ubuntu’s second phone adds an HD screen and a 13-megapixel camera

canonical ubuntu aquaris e5 hd edition
The Verge/Canonical
Only four months after the original Aquaris E4.5 UE was released to the public, Canonical, the mind behind the Ubuntu operating system, is at it yet again with the Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition.

Other than having a longer name than the original, the E5 HD now packs a 5-inch 1,280 x 720 pixel display, which is quite the upgrade from the original’s underwhelming 4.5-inch 960 x 540 pixel display. In addition, you’ll now find a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a 5-megapixel shooter on the front, with the rear camera a nice upgrade from the 8-megapixel snapper found on the E4.5.

You’ll need a respectable amount of storage to save pictures taken with those cameras, and, thankfully, the E5 HD packs 16GB of internal storage. Although it’s not a lot, it is twice as much as what the E4.5 UE came with. Powering the E5 HD is the same quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek chipset we saw on the original, and you won’t find LTE capability. Finally, the two SIM card slots let you switch between mobile operators at will.

Much like the E4.5 UE, the E5 HD is built by Spanish manufacturer BQ, which signed a deal with Canonical back in 2014 to produce Ubuntu phones. The E5 HD Ubuntu Edition will be exclusive to Europe and available only through BQ’s online store for around $219 unlocked in mid June, putting it in direct competition with the likes of the Moto G and the Moto E, among others.

Even with the competition, Canonical believes its gesture-based take on mobile operating systems, as well as its unique home screens, will be enough to stand out from the crowd. The company would be wise to bet big on its operating system, seeing as it’s been pretty slow pushing into the mobile space. Regardless, with today’s announcement of the E5 HD Ubuntu Edition, as well as news that the Ubuntu-powered version of the Meizu MX4 will make its way to Europe later in June, things look to pick up very soon.

Mobile

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are now available for purchase

Google's latest flagships, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, are now official and we have all the details from the October 9 event in New York City and Paris. Here's everything we know about the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
Mobile

There are four versions of the Mate 20, but which one is the best?

Huawei revealed its full range of Mate 20 handsets, and it seems that there is a device that fits everyone's needs. We've compared all the options, including the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the Mate 20 X, the Mate 20, and the Mate 20 Lite.
Mobile

Verizon's newest deals can net you $500 off the LG V40 ThinQ

Looking for a new LG flagship? The LG V40 ThinQ is here, and it's bringing a familiar style, two more camera lenses, and upgraded specs. Here's absolutely everything you need to know about the LG V40 ThinQ.
Computing

Is the Pixelbook 2 still happening? Here's everything we know so far

What will the Pixelbook 2 be like? Has the Pixel Slate taken its place? Google hasn't announced it, but thanks to rumors and leaks, we think we have a pretty good idea of what the potential new flagship Chromebook will be like.
Mobile

Need a quick battery boost? Try one of our favorite portable chargers

Battery life still tops the polls when it comes to smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Here are our picks of the best portable chargers.
Mobile

Which new iPhone is the best? iPhone XS vs. iPhone XS Max vs. iPhone XR

Apple has three new iPhone models to choose from this year, making the choice a little harder than usual. What's the difference between the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR, and which is best?
Product Review

Huawei’s monster Mate 20 X makes the Galaxy Note 9 look small

The Huawei Mate 20 X has a 7.2-inch screen, but is surprisingly manageable to hold, yet still a little too big to carry around. Huawei’s pushing the phone’s ability as a mobile gaming handheld, challenging the Nintendo Switch.
Mobile

Google may charge up to $40 per Android device for app suite following EU ruling

Google announced that it will be charging Android device manufacturers in Europe a licensing fee to use its apps and services. The announcement is part of an effort to comply with new European Commission regulations.
Mobile

Need a do-over? Here's how to factory reset an iPhone, from XS on down

Resetting an iPhone can alleviate all sorts of software woes, and wipe away personal data should you sell your device or give it to someone else. Here's how to factory reset an iPhone from within iOS or iTunes.
Mobile

How to sell your old Google Pixel or Pixel 2 for the most money

So, it's time for a expensive new smartphone, and you'd like to partially fund the purchase by selling your old Google Pixel. Find all the information you need to get as much money as possible for your Pixel or Pixel 2 here in our guide.
Mobile

The OnePlus 6T is coming a day earlier, event moved to October 29

According to a recent report, the launch of the OnePlus 6T could be different from any other OnePlus launch in history. How? It could have the backing of a major U.S. carrier. Here's everything we know about the OnePlus 6T.
Mobile

Sprint now lets you add Hulu's Live TV service to your unlimited plan

Sprint recently introduced three new data plans to its roster -- Unlimited Basic , Unlimited Plus, and Unlimited Premium. Here, we break down your options to help you decide which one is best for you and your family.
Photography

Camera shootout! Testing the latest Pixel, iPhone, and Galaxy Note in real life

Which takes the best photos, the Pixel 3 XL, iPhone XS Max, Galaxy Note 9, or Pixel 2 XL? We put the cameras on all these top-notch phones through their paces to see which performs best in the real world, from low light to portrait mode…
Mobile

Sams's Club offers $100 gift cards for iPhone XR pre-orders

After months of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally taken the wraps off of the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. Now that the phones are out, you might be wondering how you can get them for yourself.